Don’t Cancel the Holidays, Enjoy Them Differently to Keep the Spirit Alive

Be creative.

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Be Thankful

Gratitude never goes out of style. Thanksgiving is commonly a time where you think of turkey, cranberries, and stuffing where you stuff yourself full, then sit around the TV to watch football and peruse newspaper ads for Black Friday deals. It’s a day to be thankful for your blessings.

Browse the Lights

Enjoy a Festival of Lights. Load up the family in the car and drive the neighborhood or city to enjoy festive lights. Maybe plan a day trip to a nearby destination where everyone gets in their jammies to find light displays you wouldn’t otherwise see. Play memorable songs and set the mood for a special occasion. When you return home, you’re already dressed accordingly and can go straight to bed.

Give Presents

We think of Christmas as a time to give gifts, and especially for kids, it’s the time when Santa comes. Sometimes we forget to look around to see if we can meet the needs of others. You can give to a community food or clothing drive.

Get Creative

The Norman Rockwell Christmas seldom lives up to the nostalgic feelings in your head, but this year you can slow down and get creative to enjoy special time with those in your household. Maybe it’s a chance to enjoy taking extra time to decorate cookies. Or string a popcorn garland for the tree.

Start Something New

Organize something with the neighbors. There’s a need somewhere that’s commonly overlooked. Identify a need and make plans to improve it. Maybe it’s the opportunity to clean up and prune common areas. You can bring people together to achieve a common goal. Making outdoor improvements is something you can do together while keeping a safe distance.


As the year closes, you may reflect on things that went well throughout the year and things you might want to change as you look into the next year. Reflection commonly happens while enjoying food and beverages, music, and dancing.

Keep the Spirit Alive

The holidays are a particular time when togetherness, peace, love and joy are fostered. During this time of year, special times are more about the feelings they create in the participants, rather than the activities themselves. With a little creativity, the holidays don’t have to be canceled. Keep the spirit alive by celebrating them differently.

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